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The best is perhaps yet to come. With only three programs and concerts left before the end of this season, the Racine Symphony Orchestra is saving some of the best for last.

On March 6 we are pleased to present our second Masterworks Concert of the season, “Purely Classical.” Following on the heels of that, the annual concert for fifth-grade students on March 15 will draw thousands of eager young minds. Closing out the 2015-16 Season on April 23 is “Rising Stars,” a Masterworks Concert, music education program hybrid performance.

‘Purely Classical’ — Masterworks Concert — Sunday, March 6

This is a not-to-miss concert. Why? Headlining “Purely Classical” is special guest artist, Frances Bedford, who will perform Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” on the harpsichord. Beginning at 2 p.m., Bedford will enlighten the audience with a talk focusing on the harpsichord, Bach, Mozart and Haydn. Additionally, the orchestra will perform Mozart’s “Serenata Notturno,” Telemann’s “Don Quixote Suite” and Haydn’s “Symphony No. 43.”

The concert itself will begin 3 p.m. at Frances Bedford Concert Hall, located within the Rita Tallent Picken Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. General admission tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door. Students 20 and younger receive free admission.

‘Compose Yourself!’ — A Concert for Fifth-Grade Students — Tuesday, March 15

Members of the public of all ages are welcome to attend this free annual concert. Audience members learn about the instruments of the orchestra, instrument families and basic music composition during this highly interactive audio and visual experience. Performances begin at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at Grace Church, 3626 Highway 31.

‘Rising Stars’ — Masterworks Concert — Season Finale — Saturday, April 23

Join us as we send out the 2015-16 season with a bang. The winner of our 2016 Young Artists’ Competition will entertain with an encore of his or her competition piece. Joining the orchestra as part of the Side-by-Side Youth Invitational will be area high school string students and members of the Lakeshore Youth Philharmonic as they perform Brahms’ “Serenade No. 1” alongside symphony musicians. Haydn’s “Symphony No. 103” is also on the evening’s repertoire.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. General admission tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door. Students 20 and younger receive free admission.

Watch in the coming months for the 2016-17 season announcement. Special commemorations will take place throughout the season to mark the 85th anniversary.

For more information on the Racine Symphony Orchestra’s concerts and educational programs, to order concert tickets or to make a donation, visit or call 262-636-9285.

The Racine Symphony Orchestra’s programming is made possible by generous support from The Racine Community Foundation, SC Johnson, Runzheimer Foundation, The United Performing Arts Fund, Johnson Bank, Educators Credit Union and our patrons and donors.

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